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Swedish Chemicals Agency Finds Hexavalent Chromium in Leather Products

6 Dec 2019

On 13 November 2019, the Swedish Chemicals Agency (SCA) published the results of an investigation into hazardous substances contained in common leather products. The investigation covered a total of 7...Read More


European Environment Agency Publishes Report on the Place of Textiles Within the Circular Economy

4 Dec 2019

On 19 November 2019, the European Environmental Agency (the EEA) published its report on “Textiles and the environment in a circular economy”, presenting the latest evidence on environmental and clima...Read More


Official Journal Summary

3 Dec 2019

Topics: Notice concerning the implementation of the judgment of the Court of Justice in Joined Cases C-659/13 and C-34/14 C&J Clarks International Ltd and Puma SE in relation to anti-dumping measures ...Read More


Anti-dumping Actions

3 Dec 2019

Action: On 2 December 2019, the Official Journal published a notice of the impending expiry of certain anti-dumping measures, namely, those targeting imports of stainless steel cold-rolled flat produc...Read More


Pressure Increases for EU to Adopt Colour-coded Nutrition Food Labels

3 Dec 2019

The European Union is increasingly facing calls to introduce the so-called Nutri-Score label for food packaging. The Nutri-Score label was first introduced in France and sets out a five-letter colour-...Read More


EU Adopts Two New Regulations Regulating the Use of Certain Substances in Cosmetic Products

29 Nov 2019

On 27 November 2019, two new Regulations entered into force, amending the EU’s framework legislation, Regulation 1223/2009 on cosmetic products. The new legislation was adopted pursuant to new opinion...Read More


New EU Law Restricts Formaldehyde in Different Types of Material Used in Toys

28 Nov 2019

On 20 November 2019, the Official Journal published Commission Directive 2019/1929, amending a specific section of the EU’s framework law, Directive 2009/48/EC on the safety of toys. The newly publish...Read More


Official Journal Summary

26 Nov 2019

Topics: Commission Directive (EU) 2019/1929 of 19 November 2019 amending Appendix C to Annex II to Directive 2009/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council for the purpose of adopting specif...Read More


Revised Limits for Aluminium in Toys Adopted for Application EU-wide

26 Nov 2019

On 19 November 2019, the Official Journal of the EU published Commission Directive 2019/1922 which amends the EU’s framework toy safety law, Directive 2009/48/EC, as regards aluminium. Hong Kong selle...Read More


EU Ministers Agree on New VAT Rules to Fight Fraud in the E-commerce Sector

22 Nov 2019

On 8 November 2019, the European Commission announced that the EU's VAT system is set to be further equipped to tackle fraud in the e-commerce sector, following new rules agreed by Member States on th...Read More


EU Singapore Free Trade Agreement Enters into Force on 21 November 2019

21 Nov 2019

On 14 November 2019, the Official Journal published a Notice concerning the date of entry into force of the Free Trade Agreement (“FTA”) between the EU and Singapore. The Notice states, simply, that t...Read More


Official Journal Summary

19 Nov 2019

Topics: Explanatory Notes to the Combined Nomenclature of the European Union; Corrigendum to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1776 of 9 October 2019 amending Annex I to Council Regulation ...Read More


Changmao Biochemical Engineering Co. Ltd Appeals Court Judgment on EU Imposition of Anti-dumping Measures

19 Nov 2019

In an anti-dumping case likely to be of interest to Hong Kong traders with commercial activities in mainland China, Changmao Biochemical Engineering Co. Ltd (“Changmao”) appealed a judgement of the Ge...Read More


New Exemptions Under EU RoHS Law Published by European Commission

15 Nov 2019

On 5 November 2019, the Official Journal of the EU published two new Directives, both amending framework Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic eq...Read More


Mainland China and EU Conclude Negotiations over Landmark Agreement for Protection of Geographical Indications

14 Nov 2019

On 6 November 2019, the European Commission (“Commission”) announced the conclusion of negotiations for a Bilateral Landmark Agreement (“Agreement”) between mainland China and the EU for the reciproca...Read More


Official Journal Summary

12 Nov 2019

Topics: Commission Recommendation (EU) 2019/1888 of 7 November 2019 on the monitoring of the presence of acrylamide in certain foods; Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1874 of 6 November 2019...Read More


Anti-dumping Actions

12 Nov 2019

Action: The Official Journal has published a Corrigendum to Commission Implementing Regulation 2019/1706 of 10 October 2019 amending Implementing Regulation 2017/325 imposing a definitive anti-dumping...Read More


EU Environment Ministers Call for More Sustainable Action in, Among Others, Textiles and Electronics Sectors

12 Nov 2019

The Council of the European Union (the “Council”), bringing together the environment ministers from all EU Member States, has adopted conclusions on the transition to a sustainable society. It is a ca...Read More


Studies by Environmentalists and NGOs Reveal High Levels of Toxic Substances in Plastic Toys

7 Nov 2019

Last month, Genon Jensen, founder and executive director of the Health and Environment Alliance (“HEAL”), reported on the results of the tests conducted by HEAL and the NGOs Arnika and IPEN on over 50...Read More


EU Calls on Companies to Prepare for New Information Requirements Regarding Nanomaterials

6 Nov 2019

The European Chemicals Agency (“ECHA”) has published a news item calling on companies to prepare for the new requirements under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals...Read More

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